Ezekiel and the Glory of God

August 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts | 2 Comments

          Ezekiel 1-2.  Ezekiel’s strange description in these chapters was “the heavens opened” and he saw “visions of God.”  Through the rest of his book he refers back to what he saw and calls it “the glory of the LORD.”  I have often tried to imagine the physical appearance of the thing he describes, and I come up with all kinds of weird pictures in my mind.  Today, I just noticed the adjectives and the metaphors he used to describe it, and that gave me a better description than trying to imagine its appearance.  Twice Ezekiel tells us it was “awesome.”  (That is a great word for today’s culture.)  The metaphors are all light/fire related; he describes the glory of God as “flashes of lightning,” “brilliant light,” and “glowing metal.”  It gleamed like “burnished bronze;” it was compared to “burning coals of fire” and “torches;” it “sparkled like crystal;” and it was “radiant.”  That gives a great description of God’s glory, whether I can imagine the physical appearance of his vision or not.  The glory of God is indescribable!  I shouldn’t wonder at Ezekiel’s reaction:  “This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.  When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking.” (1:28)

            After Ezekiel saw the glory of the LORD, God called him to be a spokesman, a watchman to stand in the gap.  When God called Ezekiel he told him he would be sent to a people who were rebellious, obstinate and stubborn (the first word is repeated often in the short second chapter – at least seven times in various forms!).  Maybe God was telling Ezekiel that the important message was his glory, and Ezekiel was to preach that glory whether they listened or not (another thought repeated in the chapter).  As a preacher of God’s word, my job is to proclaim the glory of the LORD, whether people listen or not.  “How-to” messages have their place, but they must be understood in light of God’s glory, and it is that glory I must proclaim above all else.  Of course, nothing expresses that glory better than the incredible grace of God extended to sinful people.

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  1. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Alex,
    Thanks for reading. May God bless you.
    Glenn


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